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Life and Work with Brenda Weaver

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brenda Weaver.

Brenda, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I went to college in Austin for Business and after living there for four years, I transferred to SFA University in Nacogdoches, TX.

I knew owning my own business was a dream of mine, but at the time I had no idea what that Business was. I have always had a creative edge so with the push from my sister she encouraged me to give hair school a shot. I quickly realized that doing hair and making people feel beautiful from the inside out was a Huge passion of mine. For the first six years of my career, I was building my clientele and enjoying my dream job. I had the opportunity to travel and do what I love. It wasn’t until my Mom passed away in 2012 that I realized I had more to offer the world. Before she passed away, I wasn’t living up to my potential and life as I knew it was just comfortable. Losing my Mom was the worst & best thing that had happened to me! It changed my perspective on life and made me dive into really reaching my potential and opening an Aveda Salon in downtown Lufkin in 2013.

I wanted to create a space where people felt at home and loved. I wanted our clients to know that they would get exceptional service and we would make them feel pampered from the moment they walked in. For me, customer service is always the # 1 goal.

Since opening in 2013, we have been the # 1 Beauty Salon for several years in a row. We have played a huge part in giving back to our community and providing clean water for third world countries. We have participated in several volunteer programs. Success to me is not how much you have but how many lives you can touch.

I started two years ago traveling the United States teaching my own extension method Bella Handtied Extensions with Bellamihair.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Has it been a smooth road? Absolutely not! Although I believe that adversity breeds opportunity. With every struggle placed before me is just an opportunity to grow. I have survived many hardships from loosing loved ones to trying to build a thriving business. Building a team of talented Stylists who wanted to stay committed and loyal to you is a challenge on its own. Competing with retail challenges and having more and more consumers resort to Amazon and other online shopping brands. I have learned to focus on what we are good at, and the rest will fall into place. To build a successful business you have to stay consistent, you have to be willing to learn new things and open to new ideas, and always remember when to have a service and retail business that the customer is the most important part of that business. So, reward them, make them feel appreciated, and show them that you care.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Bella Salon & Bella Handtied Extension Educator – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I have been a Stylist for 13 years, I have been a proud owner of an Aveda Concept Salon for the past six years, and I have created my own brand of extensions which I travel all around the United States teaching. For the past six years, I have Hosted and Created Bella’s Annual Charity Fashion Show benefiting the Gulf Restoration Network and Clean Water Projects. I am always giving back to the community and volunteering in local Fundraisers. What sets us apart from the others is that we are the only Aveda Salon for a 70-mile radius and we go the extra mile for our clients.

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that a lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
My advice for finding a mentor or networking is to always stay relevant. Continuing education is key for me, I never stop learning new things and exploring new things. I feel that always learning new things keep your passion alive, and doing what you love will never get old. Another key point in being successful is when you act of love, you will find joy in what you do and people will gravitate towards you.

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the silhouette studio (Sarah Williams)

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